April 30, 2020
IN THIS ISSUE of InCommon

Message from the Rector 

Giving

Live Streaming 

Virtual Coffee Hour

Local Resources for Food During Crisis

Announcements  and Upcoming Events

National Church Resource from Presiding Bishop Curry
MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR
Behind the Scenes

Communications Update

At this year's Annual Meeting Dinner, while reflecting on congregational growth and development, I said something like, "We are at A and we are heading to B; to get from A to B requires resources." I also spoke about, "Communication" as the overarching theme for 2020 (building on last year's theme of "Connection"). At the time, I envisioned events and programs that would enhance greater communication at all levels of our church life. That was the "B" envisioned for 2020. Prompted by the Holy Spirit, a great team of volunteers led by Pam Middleton and Pete Williams was formed in mid-February to develop key aspects of the vision. 

By the first week of March we were clear, within the leadership team, that a church shut-down was imminent due to continuing spread of COVID-19. Pete extended Wi-Fi to the sanctuary and his son, Matthew, researched and recommended the equipment we would need to stream our services. We also hired Kelli Scott for 10 hours a week as interim Communications Coordinator to manage both the live streaming of worship and its distribution through social media. On March 14, the first Sunday that the church building was closed, we were ready to go live thanks to the creative talent of our leadership team and the pledges that so many of you made to sustain and grow our church. We've also added parishioner readings to our YouTube
Channel and use Zoom technology for Virtual Coffee Hours and leadership meetings.

In addition to high-tech solutions, we were held together by messages from our Wardens,
continuation of InCommon newsletter distributions and phone calls from our Pastoral
Network. 
Even in these dark times, while we are dispersed physically as a congregation, God's Holy Spirit is still guiding and shaping our life together. God is sustaining us as we meet virtually for worship and fellowship. God is calling us forth as we discover new ways to connect and communicate as the Body of the Christ, and as we extend our presence far beyond our four walls through social media to the wider world.

Keep the faith, keep forgiving, be kind to others and to yourself,
Gareth




A NOTE ABOUT GIVING

Even though we are physically separated, we are working hard to keep us together as a faithful community. We hope you will continue to keep St. Barnabas strong and resilient, financially, as we navigate a challenging new environment. Please make your pledges or contributions, even as we are isolated.
   
You may make online payments by  clicking here, on our website under the "Give" section, or by mailing your check to St. Barnabas Church, 15 N Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533.

Join us on Sunday Morning

Morning Prayer - 10:00 AM
 
Gareth leads us in a festive service of Morning Prayer via YouTube Channel.



 

Sunday, May 3, 10:00AM
To join this service, please click this Link to The St. Barnabas YouTube Channel .

This week's service bulletin HERE


VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR
 
 

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BOOK GROUP

The first virtual meeting of The Saint Barnabas Book Group was a great success with nine members attending by zoom video. It was wonderful to see everyone. Thanks to Gaylord Holmes for setting everything up! Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, May 27, at 7:30PM, to discuss "Beneath a Scarlet Sky," by Mark Sullivan. Hope you can join in! 

If you have any questions, please email Lea Carmichael Richardson at  Paintmoth@gmail.com 


 RESPONDING FROM THE HEART TO THE CRISIS


I am grateful to Barbara Mahoney for updating the list of local agencies whose support to those in need among us in need is absolutely crucial. Right now, the food pantries are completely stretched and in need monetary donations as many more people seek help due to the devastating economic effects of COVID-19.
-Gareth
Click here for RESOURCES
Please contact Kelli Scott at kellisherelle@gmail.com if you have upcoming events or announcements you would like included in this newsletter. All announcements are due no later than Tuesdays at 8AM.


NATIONAL CHURCH RESOURCE FROM PRESIDING BISHOP


Habits of Grace

Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry is offering weekly video meditations, posted on Mondays through May. "As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing, I invite you to join me each week to take a moment to cultivate a 'habit of grace,'" Curry says in his invitation to the series, available  here.

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